Save the Garment Center (STGC) has confirmed that the Council of Fashion Designers of America's Chinese exchange program is underway. China-based designer Uma Wang (pictured above) arrived in New York last week and spent the day today touring STGC's favorite factories in the Garment District. Wang also visited the CFDA's Fashion Incubator today. No word yet on when American designers Jack McCullough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler will head to China as they were in attendance at last night's Met Gala.
Earlier this year, the CFDA announced that it had paired with Silas Chou, a partner in Sportswear Holdings Limited, which owns Tommy Hilfiger Corporation and has a majority interest in the Michael Kors Corporation. The two have launched an exchange program between American and Chinese designers. The first designers swapping: Proenza Schouler’s Jack McCullough and Lazaro Hernandez will visit Shanghai, while Uma Wang comes to New York. Wang will get support from established American companies, including Michael Kors, Theory, Barneys New York, Vogue, and Google, and the American designers get a chance to explore growth potential in the Chinese market. This will be the first of what is expected to become an ongoing program.